I suppose it is appropriate that a World Series game 7 victory that was delayed by a 17-minute rain delay would lead to a World Series banner-raising ceremony that was delayed by a rain delay – though I wouldn’t have minded if the rain delay last night was closer to 17 minutes than the one-hour-56-minute delay that we had.
Without being mean-spirited, who would have known, several years ago when Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, and Andrew Cashner were featured as the future of the Cubs, that Andrew Cashner’s biggest contribution was bringing us Anthony Rizzo in a trade?1
On the message board in the middle of the fifth inning was this one: “Michelle Mae - Will You Marry Me?” Two comments. First, I hope there was only one Michelle Mae at the park last night. (With that name, probably true.) Second, I hope she knows who asked.
It was nice to have so many walks and mid-inning pitching changes in the last three innings. It gave us more time to enjoy Wrigley Field the way it used to be – empty.
Finally, that was the latest I ever stayed at Wrigley Field – except for the infamous “tarp game” in 2014. At least we won (though we did eventually win the tarp game, too).
1 Tyler Colvin’s trade to the Rockies was not the highlight of Theo Epstein’s time in Chicago: Colvin plus future All-Star and N.L. Batting Champion D.J. LaMahieu for Ian Stewart and Casey Weather. It still hurts. Re Starlin, you can’t complain about how he handled being replaced at shortstop by Addison Russell in 2015 (plus he did great at second base in August and September of 2015).
UPDATE (4/11/17 11:20 am): I checked. This morning was the latest I ever left Wrigley Field. I left the tarp game a little after midnight; I had thought it was later.